Wikipedia defines 'bidet':
A bidet is a low-mounted plumbing fixture or type of sink intended for washing the genitalia, inner buttocks, and anus. Originally a French word, in English bidet is pronounced /bɪˈdeɪ/ (US) or /ˈbiːdeɪ/ (UK).
Sounds lovely doesn't it?
Us Americans, who aren't used to seeing these extra fixtures in our bathrooms automatically condemn them. Calling them disgusting, strange or....European. We blow off such oddities, dismissing them as unusual and unnecessary objects.
Because, you want to know....don't they have toilet paper in Portugal? Aren't bidets a thing of the past? Why do they still put them in new construction?
And the question that's eating away at you......go ahead and ask it....
"Do you guys actually use those things?!"
Well, my answer is this...
unashamedly, I say ...... YES I use them, and I couldn't imagine life without them now that I've gotten used to them.
Before you start grossing out, listen to all these cool uses the bidet has.
Not only are they good for cleaning 'down under' but they are good for....
soaking clothes, or washing delicates.
scrubbing dirty flip-flops
bathing babies (Justice had quick baths in the bidet until about 6 months ago)
washing feet before bedtime
The list of things one could use a bidet for is endless. My Grandmother would have loved to have one of these in her bathroom. She gave me baths with sloppy wet wash cloths before bed each night that left the floor and my pj's drenched. A bidet would have been nice back then.
One family who never used their bidet in the conventional way, scrubbed it up real good, placed a mirror behind the faucet and let their little girl use it as her own personal sink. Where she washed her hands and even brushed her teeth. It was the perfect size for her.
When I'm rich and old and retired (yeah right) I'll build a house somewhere on the eastern boarder of America, and you can bet all of my bathrooms will contain a bidet.
Stay tuned for another installment to....